May 082014

Daisies are Forever

Daisies are ForeverBy: Liz Tolsma
Paperback: 352 pages
Published by: Thomas Nelson Publishers
On: May 6th 2014
ISBN: 1401689124
ISBN13: 9781401689124


Gisela must hold on to hope and love despite all odds in the midst of a war-torn country.

Gisela Cramer is an American living in eastern Germany with her cousin Ella Reinhardt. When the Red Army invades, they must leave their home to escape to safety in Berlin.

However, Ella is a nurse and refuses to leave, sending her young daughters with Gisela. During their journey, Gisela meets Mitch Edwards, an escaped British POW. She pretends she is his wife in order to preserve his safety among other Germans, especially one wounded German soldier, Kurt, who has suspicions about Mitch’s identity. Kurt also has feelings for Gisela and tries to uncover the truth about her “marriage.”

Their journey to Gisela’s mother in Berlin is riddled with tragedy and hardship, but they strive to keep Ella’s daughters safe so they can reunite with their mother. During the journey Gisela and Mitch begin to develop feelings for one another beyond friendship. They reach Berlin, but their struggles are far from over. Gisela and Mitch must learn to live for the day and find hope in the darkest of circumstances.

In this moving, historically accurate portrayal of WWII Germany, the characters learn that, even with destruction all around them, some things last forever.

My Review

Daisies are Forever was actually rather shocking and not at all what I had expected. That said I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It takes place after the second World War and it goes through the dark times and the struggles of two women. This story is more than a story because of the history and it doesn’t down play the times, instead it almost scares you and makes you feel heartbroken and makes you fall to your knees and pray for people who are dealing with war now and that we will not have to deal with it in the future. The story does have a good sense of faith and belief in God which makes it all the more true to the times.

I couldn’t help but think about what my grandparents and my great grandparents when through during this time and in a lot of ways I now understand why they never spoke of this depressing part of their lives. I can’t imagine having to relive it to tell your kids and grand children. It is a story that is beyond worth telling but isn’t one that will be absorbed with the empathy that it deserves.

In my opinion Daisies are Forever is a definite must read and I hope it becomes part of school curriculum.

About the Author

Liz Tolsma has lived in Wisconsin most of her life, and she now resides next to a farm field with her husband, their son, and their two daughters. All of their children have been adopted internationally and one has special needs. Her novella, Under His Wings, appeared in the New York Times bestselling collection, A Log Cabin Christmas. Her debut novel, Snow on the Tulips, released in August of 2013. Daisies Are Forever released in May 2014. When not busy putting words to paper, she enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping with her family. Please visit her blog at and follow her on Facebook and Twitter (@LizTolsma). She is also a regular contributor to the Barn Door blog.

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